Maine businesses need more aid over next 6 months to recover from pandemic, study finds

by Lori Valigra

Businesses said they need more money, relief for rents or mortgages and better insurance rates to recover from the pandemic this year, according to a survey from industry groups released Thursday.

The survey, conducted in December by the Maine Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, the Maine Tourism Association and the Maine State Chamber of Commerce, aimed at gauging business sentiment heading into 2021. It was submitted to Maine legislators to help them shape policy and inform the allocation of $1 billion coming to the Mills administration in the latest stimulus bill passed by Congress.

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